Cyprus Problem | What Does History Teach Us?

Cyprus Problem | What Does History Teach Us?It is interesting to note that the Cyprus Mail, to celebrate its 70th anniversary, is releasing its archives going back to its foundation in 1945. This will include:

‘the last gasps of British colonial rule, Cyprus’ truncated independence, the coup and Turkish invasion, and the decades of negotiations to stitch the divided island back together…articles dedicated to the 1950s struggle for ENOSIS.’

What will we learn? What will history teach us? More importantly, what would those involved in the current Cyprus Talks learn from these historical documents?

I imagine, they’ll learn nothing but will instead repeat the same old mistakes. The most important mistake will be distrust and actions borne of fear. So it will be true, as Hegel once wrote, ‘history teaches that history teaches us nothing’.  In other words, we learn nothing from experience.

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